Sheryn Morris


  • Book cover of Oh, la la! : homegrown stories, helpful tips, and garden wisdom

    Oh, la la! : homegrown stories, helpful tips, and garden wisdom

    by Morris, Ciscoe

    January 2, 2024

    Call Number: 716 M875

    Although it might not be apparent from his off-beat, congenial stories and stretched-to-the-limit puns, Ciscoe Morris is an expert gardener, whose inordinate enthusiasm and expertise has created a loyal following. He is well known in the northwest with his weekly radio program on KSQM 91.5, and according to his website gives over 50 garden presentations a year. He and his wife also love to travel and lead worldwide garden tours, as well as embark on their own adventurous junkets, such as a 360-mile hiking trek in France. Their 1,000-mile biking trip in France became the source of his well-... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The World Central Kitchen cookbook : feeding humanity, feeding hope

    The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope

    by Andrés, José

    December 26, 2023

    Call Number: 641.59 A561

    Chef José Andrés tells us, “This book is dedicated to everyone who understands the power of a hot meal in a time of need.”This is the first cookbook from the World Central Kitchen, aka the WCK. The organization was the inspiration of José Andrés, professional chef and humanitarian. “Since 2010 the World Central Kitchen has cooked hundreds of millions of fresh, nourishing meals for people impacted by natural disasters and other crises." In this book the WCK shares recipes inspired by many global areas where disasters hit, and stories from chefs, volunteers and the communities that were... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Camera girl : the coming of age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy

    Camera girl : the coming of age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy

    by Anthony, Carl Sferrazza

    December 11, 2023

    Call Number: 92 O575An-1

    As First Lady of the United States (1961 - 1963), then as the wife of one of the world’s richest men (1968 - 1975), until the time of her death in 1994, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was among the most photographed and well known women in the world.  But did the world really know that much about this enigmatic woman, who became an international celebrity? In a 1972 interview she stated,“People often forget that I was Jacqueline Bouvier, before being Mrs. Kennedy or Mrs. Onassis. Throughout my life I have tried to remain true to myself.” In this new biography Carl Sferrazza... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of George : a magpie memoir

    George : a magpie memoir

    by Hughes, Frieda

    December 6, 2023

    Call Number: 598.864 H893

    In the prologue to this memoir Frieda Hughes says, “The things I longed for, other than health, happiness and wealth, probably in that order, were plants, pets, and a home of my own that I would never have to move from. The plants and pets were the embellishment and confirmation of the permanent home and, therefore, the sense of stability and belonging that I craved.”From her earliest memories, as a very young child, she craved and yearned for a stable permanent home, which for most of her life she did not have. She had a family, but they were never in one physical location for any length of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Seed to plate, soil to sky : modern plant-based recipes using Native American ingredients

    Seed to plate, soil to sky : modern plant-based recipes using Native American ingredients

    by Frank, Lois Ellen

    November 7, 2023

    Call Number: 641.63 F828

    Lois Ellen Frank is the Chef and owner of Red Mesa Cuisine, where she cooks and works with Chef Walter Whitewater. In this book she highlights basic indigenous foods: corn, beans, squash, chiles, tomatoes, potatoes, vanilla and cacao as starting points for scrumptious modern recipes. She refers to these ingredients as  “the Magic Eight, [that] were given to the world by Native Peoples of the Americas. Part of Red Mesa Cuisine’s mission is to provide Indigenous foods and cultural education. We like to call it Native American Cuisine with a modern twist.” Pause for more than a few... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Daughters of Latin America : an international anthology of writing by Latine women

    Daughters of Latin America : an international anthology of writing by Latine women

    October 3, 2023

    Call Number: 808.8 D2385-2

    Sandra Guzmán has compiled a monumental collection of writing by women, whom she designates as Latine, the gender-inclusive form of “Latino” and “Latina.”  She states, "This is a journey into a luminous universe of texts that navigate across time and space, genres, styles, languages, and traditions. The Daughters gathered in this groundbreaking international anthology span five centuries of the written word, containing the wisdom, memory, and DNA of oral traditions more ancient than time itself.” Included are “140 Daughters of Latin America, recent and past, from 50 nations. The... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Asada : the art of Mexican-style grilling

    Asada: The Art of Mexican-style Grilling

    by Lopez, Bricia

    September 18, 2023

    Call Number: 641.76 L864

    Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral lay out the facts, “Carne asada is not just a taco . . . in millions of backyards across Southern California, asada means family, friends, memories, great music, cold drinks, good times, and the community you’ve built.”--in all its multivarious forms.This is a cookbook that is a feast for all your senses, from the book’s cover (original font), end papers (day-glo lime green); illustrations that are single or double-spread color photographs of Los Angeles, and of ingredients and finished dishes; and informative and personal anecdotes that precede each recipe.The... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Chita : a memoir

    Chita : a memoir

    by Rivera, Chita

    September 11, 2023

    Call Number: 812.092 R6194

    Years ago, there was an advertisement for fur, “What Becomes a Legend Most?” For Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero Anderson, best known as Chita Rivera, this razzle-dazzle memoir/autobiography is far more becoming than all the high-end luxury goodies that money can buy.  Hardworking, full of energy and talent, she cut a big wide swath in the entertainment world: predominantly live theater, but also movies and television. There are a few basic facts about her theatrical career and contritubtions that need to be acknowledged. In the following musicals Chita was the original star who... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Brave the wild river : the untold story of two women who mapped the botany of the grand canyon

    Brave the wild river : the untold story of two women who mapped the botany of the grand canyon

    by Sevigny, Melissa L., 1986-

    August 28, 2023

    Call Number: 979.11 G751Se

    The Colorado River was, and still is, one of the most dangerous rivers in the world: wild, unpredictable, and more challenging to navigate than skilled, seasoned river runners could imagine. In 1938 two botanists, Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter, joined a group of river runners in order to chart the plants of the Grand Canyon. Besides the Colorado River, there were additional challenges for the two botanists.Botany, as well as other scientific fields, was dominated by and exclusive to men. Some areas of botany were thought to be all right for the gentler sex: the gathering of plants for... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Properties of thirst : a novel

    Properties of thirst : a novel

    by Wiggins, Marianne

    August 21, 2023

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    This is a Bildungsroman that covers several generations of a family, some of whose origins are in the eastern part of the United States, but eventually take root in the western part, specifically California, on a sprawling ranch that has its existence perpetually challenged by the L.A. Water Corporation. The patriarch, Rocky Rhodes, has a twin sister, who, herself is a solidifying force in running the ranch. Rocky and his wife give birth to twins, who are not filled with that same sense of purpose, duty and commitment. The bombing of Pearl Harbor is a monumental turning point for the United... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    by McCoy, Esther

    July 18, 2023

    Call Number: 720.910941 M131

    For the most part, Los Angeles architecture has made its mark and numerous international and domestic architects will compete for an opportunity to design a residence, a public, or a commercial building. This was not always the case. There was someone who recognized the value, quality, originality and importance of the West and its architecture, at a time when it was not considered worth evaluating, predominantly by those in the East. In an interview Esther McCoy said, “ … Los Angeles has always been open to new ideas. Los Angeles is not rigid at all. It’s a plunger city. San Francisco... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Sex, death, and God in L.A.

    Sex, death, and God in L.A.


    July 12, 2023

    Call Number: 979.41 L881Sex 1994

    This essay collection about Los Angeles includes the works of Eve Babitz, Alexander Cockburn, Mike Davis, Lynell George, Thomas S. Hines, Jeremy Larner, Rubén Martínez, David Reid, Carolyn See and David Thomson.This is an updated version (1994) of the previous edition (1992). The preface to this edition by David Reid offers a substantial analysis of Los Angeles. The preface and the essays are not at all dated and provide insights that are still wise and relevant. David Reid's comments state, “The plan of this book is to consider the character and customs of Los Angeles in relation to the... Read Full Review